Learning the Practical Way
Ethan is turning 7 next month. While it was generally ‘easy’ raising him, he drives me crazy at times too. I am lucky in a sense that Ethan is a bit smart. Book smart that is. Teach him anything and that boy can comprehend it quite effortlessly. But because he is ‘too smart’, he sometimes thinks that he can outsmart us, his parents.
Very often, he’ll argue about the simplest of things. Maybe it is just his way to get his thoughts across but sometimes it can be pretty annoying. Ethan is as hard headed as me hence both of us are often at loggerheads. There was one day when our argument got so intense that he cried out loud, “I wish I grow up QUICKLY so I can MOVE OUT from here!”
Darling and I got a little stunned listening to his outburst. What would you do? Well, after how Darling handled the question about the birds and the bees with Ethan that made me faint and almost ended up in the hospital, I decided to handle this case. I made Ethan’s wish come true to a certain extend. I packed his stuff, his pillows and all and dumped them into our Guest Room. I told him to live there on his own and to do EVERYTHING by himself from preparing his own meals to sleeping the nights alone. I gave him his coin box and told him to try surviving on that.
He cried. He cried in that room. As easy as it seems to see his parents make ends meet everyday, it is not that easy when he has to do it himself. He can’t even survive the first night sleeping alone in that dark lonely room. No, I did not give him a night light to illuminate the room.
As much as he hated it, he realized that he is still very much dependent on us and eventually apologized. Kids these days are often too pampered that they take things for granted. They are blinded to the things we do and provide for them daily. By taking everything away and leaving him to the core, Ethan learned to appreciate us. At least for that moment…
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I am a mother to two boys; Ethan and Ayden and a wife to Darling William. I'm a stay at home mum who blogs to break the monotony of life and to avoid feeling jaded. Would love to get to know all the Super Mommies and Daddies and Babies or Singles out there with the hope that we can learn more from each other. Most of all, I am a happy person, and I hope YOU are too.
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